Why au pair in Spain?
- Within a competitive job market, gap years are increasingly recognized favourably by potential employers as having unique experience that will help the young person stand apart from other applicants
- One of the main reasons Spanish host families welcome au pairs into their home is to learn the au pairs native language and culture. They are not seeking a maid or cheap domestic help
- Many universities consider a gap year abroad as an excellent experience, especially when it includes learning the language and culture of the country travelled to, along with internal studies of any kind.
- Being an au pair is a cost efficient way to travel and learn the Spanish language and the culture. It is important to note however that Spain is a very high cost of living. In Madrid, the average cost for an apartment is at 1000€ monthly or 400€ monthly for a room. Accommodations with a host family however with full board will cost on average 200€ a week
- Learning to speak Spanish fluently may open doors of great professional opportunity. Spanish is the third most popular language spoken worldwide following English and Chinese. Spanish is the official language of 21 countries. 13% of the American population speak Spanish as their native language and the Spanish culture is making great strides in popularity.
- What could be more ideal than learning or improving your Spanish language skills in Spain, a universal language spoken by nearly 500 million worldwide! Every year, many thousands of people travel to Spain with the goal of beginning or fine tuning their Spanish language and cultural studies.
- Spain is a melting pot of cultures. A mixture of old and new. Heterogeneous. The variety of its cultures is fascinating. The historic heritage worth studying. The power of its people fascinates. Spanish culture embraces all forms of artistic expression, as it is a very rich culture on many levels.
- The most beneficial way to learn Spanish language and culture is to live as part of a Spanish family for an extended period of time
- Time has been allotted through our program for each au pair to attend Spanish courses, take part in cultural as well as other educational opportunities along with weekend travel during free time
- Spain offers a variety of educational opportunities to suit everyone’s requirements and pocketbook. The public schools offer free Spanish lessons for adults and at the Language Public School (Escuela Oficial de Idiomas) courses are offered at a minimum cost. If money is no object, courses can be arranged at one of the prestigious Spanish universities such as Cervantes Institute
- For EU citizens, a visa is not required to become an au pair in Spain, as long as you have a valid identity card or passport. Enrolment in Spanish language class or optional educational classes is not mandatory.
- For non-EU citizens, staying less than 3 months in Spain, a visa is not required if your country is exempted from this obligation as Spain is a Schengen country. Enrolment in Spanish language class is not mandatory. This is so for USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand
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